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Rio+20: at downtown gathering, citizens voice concerns at People’s Summit June 20,2012   |  Source: UN News Centre

Thousands of citizens and members of civil society organizations from around the world have been gathering in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to voice their concerns on the issues being discussed at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

One of the gatherings, running in parallel to the official Rio+20 meeting, is the so-called People’s Summit, which has attracted environmentalists, unions, and indigenous tribes, among other groups, with the aim of making their voices heard.

“The People’s Summit intends to unite urban, indigenous, religious, ecological and working movements from all over the planet to converge in a clear position,” said a member of the Summit’s organizing committee, Rafael Soares de Oliveira. “We believe that the solutions for the planet lie in the solutions of the people.”

According to its organizers, the People’s Summit – taking place in Rio de Janeiro’s Flamengo park – offers citizens a chance to participate in various discussions on issues ranging from environmental rights to food security and energy, as well as workshops where they can learn about green practices such as recycling, composting and growing their own garden. In addition, artists and performers are showcasing their work to raise

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